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Fibromyalgia Information

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Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by:

  • musculoskeletal pain
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • tenderness in localized areas of the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips sometimes referred to as tender points or pressure points
  • muscle spasms
  • sleep disturbances
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • and other body disturbances.

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For more information on Fibromyalgia, read: What is Fibromyalgia (FM, FMS)?

For additional Fibromyalgia Information and Resources, see:

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Fibromyalgia Support Groups

Coping Skills: Special Diets

Diets Streamlined for Those with Disabling Chronic Conditions

(Revised) There are lots of diet plans to choose from. Each has its own claims to fame — or at least its promise of a more healthful eating lifestyle. Part of the problems with those diagnosed with syndromes and conditions like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM) is that not everybody experiences exactly the same symptoms. For example, some with Fibromyalgia have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS); others do not. Therefore, the same as not every treatment plan works for everyone diagnosed with CFS or FM, there isn’t a “one size fits all” eating regimen either. Many find they must match their diet with their (for lack of a better word) form of their disease, syndrome, or condition.

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(Revised)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which is sometimes also referred to as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E. or ME), is an illness characterized by prolonged, devastating fatigue. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is often also characterized by overlapping allergies, sensitivities, and symptoms from other conditions. The same factors that can make diagnosis difficult also affect how these symptoms are treated. These resources provide information about the tests and treatment protocols available for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fibromyalgia

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Personal Stories & Reports (revised)

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May the (Organic) Source Be With You

Many who must cope with the allergies and food sensitivities that often accompany Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, CFIDS), Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS aka Environmental Illness), and/or Fibromyalgia (FM, FMS) have to go through some trial and error to discern what eating plan will work best for them. Many follow the eating plan with a specific food choice agenda like the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ — which is proven helpful for those who have the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) problems that often accompanies Fibromyalgia (or ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, and other digestive diseases as well), while others take a more relaxed approach to meeting their nutritional requirements, One thing that most experts agree all sensible eating plans have in common is that organic and all natural foods free of chemical additives and preservatives are the healthiest food choices.

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Excerpt from:

10 natural remedies that can save your life
10 Natural Remedies That Can Save Your Life

by James F. Balch (Doubleday, April 1999)

GARLIC :

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by Bernie aka TigerLilea

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ (SCD™) is a grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free diet that was originally designed for Celiac Disease. Today the SCD is also used for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Candida, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Cystic Fibrosis, and Chronic Diarrhea. The SCD™ is proving helpful to many with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia as well.

The SCD was designed by Dr. Sidney Haas for his young Celiac patients. Years later his son, Dr. Merrill Haas also joined him in his research and together in 1951 they published a book called Management of Celiac Disease.

Elaine Gottschall popularized the SCD after her daughter successfully used the diet in the late 1950s to recover from Ulcerative Colitis.

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Because many diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia also deal with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) also known as Environmental Illness (EI) — which can include allergies and/or sensitivities to preservatives, food additives, or food itself, and because many diagnosed with Fibromyalgia must also contend with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), knowing which food additives are good, safe additives isn’t always easy to determine. (For example, in my case it doesn’t matter what’s added to bread in any efforts to make it more healthful; if the bread contains preservatives, it’s going to cause me to get a yeast rash. That sometimes doesn’t happen when I eat bread without preservatives; for me, I’ve found that yeast products are safest when I make my own using flour that I’ve ground myself and I now usually limit myself to sour dough bread that I make myself. –Pamela Rice Hahn) Learning what’s safe for you to eat is an ongoing process of education, diligence, and trial-and-error.

To help in your efforts to educate yourself about additives that can adversely affect your health, consult:

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pammy the pencil a character in the Writing Woes comic strip and the Chronic Illness Realities Comic StripPammy is the main character in two comic strips by Pamela Rice Hahn, the first of which is the Writing Woes comic strip. Pammy is a writer who is also disabled because of chronic illness and chronic conditions, so she also appears in the Chronic Illness Realities comic strip.

 The Everything Low-Salt Cookbook Book: 300 Flavorful Recipes to Help Reduce Your Sodium Intake by Pamela Rice Hahn
 The Everything Diabetes Cookbook: 300 Creative and Healthy Recipes That Put the Fun Back into Cooking by Pamela Rice Hahn
 The Everything One Pot Cookbook: Delicious and simple meals that you can prepare in just one dish; Burst: 300 all-new recipes! 2nd edition by Pamela Rice Hahn
The Everything Improve Your Writing Book 2nd Edition by Pamela Rice Hahn
Alpha Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours  by Pamela Rice Hahn and Ph.D. Dennis E. Hensley

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